Cumbernauld Living Landscape – volunteer-led conservation in one of Scotland’s greenest towns

With a population of around 52,000, Cumbernauld has some of the highest areas of multiple deprivation in Scotland, but it is also one of the greenest towns in the country, with over 50% of the town being greenspace.

Cumbernauld Living Landscape brings different landowners in the town together to develop volunteer-led conservation. It works to enhance and protect the biodiversity of sites across the town by involving the community, local groups and schools in both decision-making and the practical management of local greenspaces. This has also helped to raise community awareness and ensure more people can benefit from nature through volunteering.

The initiative includes:

It is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and NatureScot.

Cumbernauld Living Landscape is working with people of all ages through the ‘Creating Natural Connections’ project. Promoting the great work of their many volunteers has inspired more people to join their volunteer group, ‘Nature Ninjas,’ which includes a wide range of members of the local community – from families with young children, teenagers, people who are not in employment and wanting to develop new skills, people who are able to help out at weekends, to retirees.

The initiative has planted more than 12,000 native trees with the help of its volunteers. New wildflower meadows have been sown and managed, and work is also planned to help restore peat bog habitat in the area, as well as wetlands, to help improve the town’s flood resilience.

Volunteers walking at Cumbernauld Living Landscape siteJennifer McNulty, Project Manager, Cumbernauld Living LandscapeVolunteer working at Cumbernauld Living Landscape site


Find out more about how you can get involved or if you have a similar project visit:

Cumbernauld Living Landscape 

Scottish Wildlife Trust

North Lanarkshire Council

The Conservation Volunteers

Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association

The James Hutton Institute

National Lottery Heritage Fund